England winger commits long-term future to his boyhood club

After months of waiting, rumours, ‘will he, won’t he?’… it was made official within the last few minutes that Callum Hudson-Odoi has FINALLY signed a new, long-term contract with Chelsea Football Club.

The young English forward, who will turn 19 in November, has committed his future at Stamford Bridge until at least the summer of 2024, that will see him earn up to £180,000-a-week. The deal will initially be worth £150k but could end up totalling £180k with performance-related add-ons.

The teenager, who would have been free to speak to other clubs in January, was subject to four separate bids from German side Bayern Munich over the past few months – the final offer being £35million (€40m) – with the club unconditionally rejecting all of them.

“It’s an amazing feeling. It’s been a long wait but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at.

I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well. As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi on signing his new long-term Chelsea contract
Callum Hudson-Odoi signing his new contract alongside with Club Director Marina Granovskaia (Photo – Chelsea FC)

Upon confirming the new contract, Club Director Marina Granovskaia is delighted that Callum is now staying with the Blues for the foreseeable future.

“Callum showed last season just what a thrilling talent he is. We are delighted he has committed to Chelsea and we are all excited about the prospect of seeing him continue to blossom in the years ahead.

The club has already been rewarded this season by some brilliant performances from our young Academy graduates, and Callum’s new contract guarantees Frank has another outstanding prospect at his disposal.”

Club Director Marina Granovskaia on Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new contract

It is believed that the influence of Frank Lampard played a huge part in persuading Hudson-Odoi to commit his future to Chelsea and he is now expected to be a key first team player at the club. And the Head Coach is happy to see that Callum’s long-term future is now finally sorted.

“I have seen Callum come through and he’s a fantastic talent. He is going to be central for us on the pitch and that is the opportunity in front of him now.

There are things as a young player that he will want to improve but he can be central to this team and for England. I want to work with him, I want to drive him forward and I want to improve him as a player.

Callum can show, right here at Chelsea, the club he came through the Academy at, that he is going to be a world-class player because I truly believe that.”

Head Coach Frank Lampard on Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new contract

The winger, who made his senior England debut in March, managed to make a significant contribution to the team with five goals and as many assists from twenty-four appearances in all competitions last season, despite being limited largely to a substitute role.

Hudson-Odoi is currently recovering from an Achilles injury sustained in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Burnley back in April, but his recovery has been quicker than expected and he will return to first-team action very soon.

EDITOR’S THOUGHTS

It is FINALLY sorted. Now it’s time to let Hudson-Odoi become the player we all expect him to be.

Terry Sazio

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